July 10, 2017

Pence ignores NASA “do not touch” sign. “Mike Pence… was photographed putting his hand on equipment that featured a prominent sign that read, “Critical Space Flight Hardware: Do Not Touch.”   http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/maybe-trump-and-pence-should-steer-clear-astronomy-altogether

U.N. approves treaty to ban on nuclear weapons, now goes to countries for ratification, western nuclear powers vow to ignore it. “…the US, Britain, and France released a joint statement after the treaty was adopted, stating “We do not intend to sign, ratify or ever become party to it.””   https://www.sciencealert.com/the-un-passes-the-first-ever-treaty-banning-nuclear-weapons-worldwide   This received shockingly little press coverage in the U.S.

Ivanka Trump fills in for her father at G20. “Ms Trump, 35, sat around the table with Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Angela Merkel and Theresa May.”   https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/08/ivanka-trump-g20-world-leaders-meeting   America – it’s a family business!

Putin denies interfering in U.S. election, demands proof. “… Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who joined the presidents along with Tillerson, told reporters that Trump accepted Putin’s denial — an act that would have the American president taking sides against his intelligence agencies, which have unanimously concluded that Russia, and Putin himself, were behind the election interference.”   http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-fg-trump-putin-20170707-story.html

Woman claims Minneapolis police officer shot her dogs. “Police responded to LeMay’s home after her daughters, ages 13 and 18, accidentally set off the home security alarm, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.”   https://www.buzzfeed.com/mbvd/disturbing-video-shows-a-police-officer-shooting-two-dogs

Pastor claims “demonic activity was palpable” at Trump rally. “People were being ushered into a deeply religious experience, and it made me completely uncomfortable.”   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/02/22/demonic-activity-palpable-at-president-trumps-rally-pastor-says/

University dean charged in hit and run of cyclist. “Authorities identified Neely as the driver of a black Volvo that struck cyclist Tyler Noe of Nolensville on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Williamson County.”   http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/williamson/2017/07/09/hit-and-run-cyclist-natchez-trace-williamson-county-caught-video/462473001/

Federal prosecutors agree to plea bargain in Olympic gymnastics sex abuse case, team doctor will only face child pornography charges. “… according to the terms of the plea deal, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan has agreed not to prosecute Nassar for the arguably more serious charge of sexually exploiting children, including children he allegedly molested at his home, in his swimming pool and, the agreement states, during “interstate/international travel”.”   http://www.espn.com/olympics/gymnastics/story/_/id/19949976/gymnastics-doctor-larry-nassar-plead-guilty-child-porn-charges

Priest accused of waving gun in road rage incident. “Adams allegedly pointed a Glock-22 handgun at two people in another vehicle on the turnpike in Martin County, Fla., near Palm City.”   http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article160389659.html

Digital home assistant helps apprehend New Mexico man accused of threatening his partner. “Barros allegedly pulled a gun on his girlfriend when they got into an argument and asked her: “Did you call the sheriffs?” Google Home apparently heard “call the sheriffs,” and proceeded to call the sheriffs.”   https://gizmodo.com/google-home-breaks-up-domestic-dispute-by-calling-the-p-1796755905

Iraq declares costly victory in Mosul, despite remaining pockets of IS resistance. “The battle for Mosul – by far the largest city to fall under the militants’ control – has left large areas in ruins, killed thousands of civilians and displaced nearly 1 million people.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-iraq-idUSKBN19U0CT

Treasury secretary says no plans for tax hikes on wealthy. “The Trump administration is not considering a plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans in order to pay for tax breaks for the middle class, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Sunday.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tax-mnuchin-idUSKBN19U0N8

Honolulu city councilman has a plan for dealing with homeless people in state parks – armed park rangers. “(City Councilman Trevor) Ozawa wants the city to ask voters to approve putting armed park rangers in city parks in a 2018 City Charter amendment.”   http://www.staradvertiser.com/2017/07/09/hawaii-news/growing-homeless-encampments-prompt-proposal-for-armed-park-rangers/

CIA allegedly using local wifi connections to geolocate computer users. “The agency infects target devices with malware that can then check which public Wi-Fi networks a given computer can connect to at a given moment, as well as the signal strengths of those networks.”   https://www.wired.com/story/wikileaks-cia-wifi-location-tracking/

Former Secretary of Defense compares Putin/Trump cyber-security initiative to “the guy who robbed your house proposing a working group on burglary.”   http://www.mediaite.com/online/ex-defense-secretary-putin-cyber-security-team-like-having-robber-propose-working-group-on-burglary/

NYPD officials accused of misleading city council during testimony on proposed surveillance transparency rules. “During their recent testimonies at city council, Miller and Byrne made a number of statements that mischaracterized or omitted crucial details regarding the department’s record of transparency, its use of specific technologies like cell-site simulators, the surveillance of communities of color, and how such technologies are acquired by police.”   https://theintercept.com/2017/07/07/nypd-surveillance-post-act-lies-misinformation-transparency/

Media press FBI for more details on Boston marathon bombing, hits “tight shroud of secrecy”. “Robert Ambrogi, executive director of the Massachusetts Newspaper Publishers Association, told Politico that the information lockdown “tells you that major parts of this case are being conducted out of the public view”.”   https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/07/10/fbis-increasingly-odd-silence-boston-bombing/

Little U.S. coverage of British government report questioning rationale for western intervention in Libya. “One can only conclude that U.S. corporate media’s mission is not to tell all sides of an international story, or report news critical of U.S. foreign policy, but instead to push an agenda supporting U.S. interests abroad.”   https://consortiumnews.com/2017/07/07/hiding-us-lies-about-libyan-invasion/

Saudi Arabia playing key role in Islamic radicalization claims report. “In the past 50 years, Riyadh has invested at least 76 billion euros ($86 billion) in Wahhabi extremism, the ideological basis of extremist and jihadist movements throughout the world.”   http://www.dw.com/en/saudi-arabia-exports-extremism-to-many-countries-including-germany-study-says/a-39618920

Turks rally against excesses of post-coup crackdown. “…Kilicdaroglu said the opposition had no alternative (to marching) because Turkey’s courts had been politicized, “the powers of parliament have been seized” and the media had been muzzled.”   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-turkey-security-march-idUSKBN19U0O2


July 10, 2017

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